Health
 Russia
Project #6066

Help Cancer Patients Find Bone Marrow Donors!

by Advita Fund USA
Vyacheslav
Vyacheslav

Thank you so much for your support for our patients last year!  Our joint efforts helped us to contribute to the costs of bone marrow donor searches for 10 blood cancer patients.  They are children and adults, students and teachers who traveled to St. Petereburg from across Russia for bone marrow transplantations from unrelated donors, their last chances to beat cancer.   You can read some of the stories in our previous reports. 

Last year, Russian bone marrow donor registry had finally registered a significant number of donors - and it helped find matching donors for 19 lucky patients.  At the same time, collapse of the ruble led to more than doubling of the cost of searches abroad, and fewer patients can now afford it.  Our partner, Advita fund in St. Petersburg, had helped find donors for 99 patients last year. 

This year will not be any easier, and we hope that we can count on your continuing support. With February 14th around the corner, would you pick one of the patients as your Valentine?  Maybe you could consider Vyacheslav, a young man from Krasnoyarsk studying to become a civil engineer.  Since 2014 Slava has been suffering from lymphoma and undergoing numerous chemotherapy cycles, but his disease continued to progress.  Recently, he received therapy with a new drug that helped him control lymphoma, but he now needs bone marrow transplant from a donor to keep it from coming back again.  And he needs our help to make it happen. 

Thanks again for your kindness, and have a very happy Valentine's day!

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Andrei
Andrei

Our latest Bonus Day has been very successful!  We raised and transferred 4,400 euros to the bone marrow donor registry in Germany to support Andrei Filinsky, a physicist and mathematician from St. Petersburg.  Andrei suffers from a recurrence of lymphoma, and stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor is now his only chance to beat his disease.  He is now one step closer to receiving this life-saving treatment.  Thanks again! 

Would you like to help more patients like Andrei?  There are currently 24 patients in St. Petersburg who cannot afford to pay for the donor search in registries abroad and need our support.  And now you can do more to help them. 

From December 1 through December 31, 2015, GlobalGiving will be running its annual Recurring Match Campaign.   The campaign will launch on one of the largest globally celebrated giving days of the year, #GivingTuesday.  This day is for embracing the holiday spirit and giving back to those who need our help.   A recurring monthly donation is one of the best ways to help:  not only it is a reliable source of funds for the patients, but also an easy way for our supporters to make a difference:  just set it up once, and you are done!

Here are a few rules to keep in mind:

  • The initial gift of new recurring donations created on GlobalGiving.org will be matched 1-to-1 up to $200 per donor per project. Eligible recurring donations of $201 or larger will be matched at $200.
  • Although donors are required to set up a recurring donation, only the first donation will be matched. 
  • To be eligible for matching, the recurring donation must last for at least three months after the initial donation (a minimum of four donations total). So, for example, if you start a new recurring donation this December, keep it active through January, February, and March, then your initial donation from December will be matched.

We are thankful for your support for the patients and wishing you a great holiday season! 

Dmitry
Dmitry

Recently we were able to help Dmitry, a young man from St. Petersburg, who is studying to become a geologist.  His disease first appeared back in 2011, when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.  After numerous cycles of chemotherapy, he needed transplantation of his own stem cells, as well as maintenance therapy with an expensive new drug.  Another option was to undergo transplantation from a donor, but a good match was not found in the donor regsitries around the world. 

Unfortunately, Dima's disease recurred last year.  But this time, a donor search found a few potential donors, and now Dima has a hope that lymphoma will finally be beaten.  Thanks to your donations, we were able to contribute 2,000 euros to the donor search costs.  We are so grateful to our supporters for giving Dima a chance to live! 

If you would like to help more patients like Dima, join us on September 16th during the last Bonus Day of the year.  All donations of $1,000 or less will receive a bonus of 30%.  Mark your calendars and donate early, before the bonus funds run out.  The Bonus Day starts at 9 am Eastern time, or 16:00 Moscow time.  And if you tell your friends, we will have a chance to win extra awards for the most donors. 

Thanks for your support!

Anton
Anton

In May our project participated in the Bonus day.  A new approach was taken:  while all donations made within a certain period were eligible for the bonus, the percentage was not known until two days later.  We raised the total of $1,807 and the bonus amounted to 25.91%.  Thank you everyone who participated!   And take a note of even better opportunity coming up in July:  on July 15th, as a Superstar project, we will be able to get a 50% match to the donations.  Stay tuned for more information!

So where did we use the money raised?  In March we transferred over $5,600 for donor search for Nikolay, an ambulance driver from Krasnodarsky krai, whose story we shared on our Facebook page.

And recently we transferred $12,425 for the donor search for Anton, a young engineer, who has lived his whole life in Perm, a city in the Urals. Anton is an avid aquarium hobbyist, a builder, and a walking encyclopedia, according to his wife.  They have met when they were both 30, and were very happy together. But just months after the wedding, Anton was diagnosed with a blood disorder: myelodysplastic syndrome, refractory anemia. In the last three years Anton received 10 rounds of chemotherapy and many cycles of less toxic maintenance chemotherapy.  Unfortunately, in June of 2014 he had a relapse.  His only chance to overcome the disease is bone marrow transplant from a donor. Initially, there were no matching donors in the international registry or among his relatives.  Anton had to begin therapy with a very expensive new drug, which exhaused any resources the young family had.  And recently, after another search in the registry, several new potential matching donors were found.  We are hopeful that Anton can now have a chance for transplant and will get his life back soon. 

Thanks for your support, and have a great summer!

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Nikita
Nikita

In 2014 we were able to provide help to 12 patients who underwent transplantations in St. Petersburg, and we spend over $68,000 on bone marrow donor searches!  In addition, the number of donors who signed up for monthly donations has increased.  Fortunately, even in times of crisis affecting many of our supporters, we were able to continue helping low-income cancer patients with access to life-saving treatments. 

Since January, we have helped 3 young patients with blood cancers.  One of them is 20-year-old Nikita from Moscow. Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma 4 years ago, he had numerous cycles of chemotherapy, radiation treatment and stem cell transplant, but his disease kept coming back.  Bone marrow transplant from a donor was his only remaining option.  A donor had to be located abroad, as neither of his two brothers was a match. Eventually, a donor was found in the US, and in February Nikita received the bone marrow transplant.  He is now recovering and feeling quite well. 

Would you like to hear more stories like this one?  Then mark your calendars and join us next Wednesday, March 18th, for GlobalGiving Bonus Day!  Each donation to our project (up to $1,000 per donor) will be able to get 30% bonus - but only while the bonus funds last.  So don't delay, and donate early!  The matching starts at 8 am CDT, or 16:00 Moscow time.  And if you tell your friends, we will have a chance to win $1,000 bonus for the most donations, or the most funds raised. 

Many thanks for your kindness,

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Organization Information

Advita Fund USA

Location: Houston, Texas - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.advitausa.org
Project Leader:
Marina Ouano
President
Houston, TX United States